Brides, we're gonna call it: Having long hair is a labor of love, without a doubt. And while your everyday maintenance and style routine is something you could probably do in your sleep, plenty of other factors come into play when we're talking about your wedding day hairstyle.
Of course, we love those hair-in-the-wind moments, but how to keep tresses from accidentally whipping in front of your face if you go for a hair down wedding 'do? Even with a half-up, half-down hairstyle, would your lustrous locks inadvertently be covering pretty details of your gown's neckline and bodice?
Updos resolve all of these questions and offer long-haired brides so many elegant options. Whether a sleek ponytail, a beautifully braided, woven or twisted 'do, or even a low maintenance wedding bun, a wedding updo will keep those strands in place and focus everyone's attention precisely where it should be—on your radiant smile, of course. Keep scrolling for all sorts of wedding updos that are particularly perfect for long hair.
The Polished Pony Tail
For an updo that puts your gorgeous long locks in the spotlight, but still keeps your hair pulled back and in place, you can't go wrong with a pony tail. Soft waves infuse this polished pony with an added dose of romance, which feels just so right with this stunning, blush-hued trumpet gown.
Say Yes to Side-Swept
So timeless and just so chic! We love the look of a side-swept wrapped bun, which works beautifully for all kinds of hair textures and all sorts of bridal styles, too. Case in point: This lovely bride kept hers polished (and pretty much perfect) for their stunning destination wedding in Tuscany.
If your hair has some natural texture, ask your stylist to keep the 'do a bit more wavy and slightly undone for a more bohemian, romantic vibe.
This couple's rustic, music festival-inspired Michigan wedding had plenty of bold pops of color—and the bride's glamorous, side-swept updo was no exception. Her gathered strands are offset with an eye-catching floral creation that's anchored by a deep red bloom, plus greenery and berries, too.
Veil a French Twist
For a chateau wedding in the south of France, what could be more perfect than a classic French twist? The volume of this updo will depend on the length, thickness, and texture of your hair, but it's always a showstopper—and the perfect base for a cascading veil.
Embellish a Plait
Whether you opt for fresh florals, sprigs of greenery, or delicate hairpins—we love the beaded, nature-inspired pins this bride wore at her vineyard wedding—there are so many ways to dress up a loose braided 'do so that it's wedding worthy.
Braids All the Way
We love that this bride went all in with a wholly braided updo for their chic restaurant wedding in Los Angeles—which happens to be the same venue where they'd had their first date and where they got engaged, too! Plus, being so intricately braided, this 'do is sure to last all night, even after hours on the dance floor.
Make a Statement with Accessories
Hair accessories and updos are a match made in bridal heaven. This bride's pearl-encrusted hair comb ensures flyaways will be kept at bay—and is an eye-catching statement, too.
With such visible placement, hair accessories are a perfect opportunity to incorporate your something old, new, borrowed, or blue. Take your pick!
Try a Woven Floral Updo
One fresh twist on how to incorporate flowers into your wedding hairstyle? Instead of working with your florist to construct a custom floral creation that's then pinned into place, see if they'd be willing to collaborate with your stylist to weave florals and greenery into the strands themselves for a more unconstructed (but still flower-centric) updo.
Pair a Crown with a Veil
Wondering how to pull off wearing a flower crown and a veil? It absolutely can be done, and an updo is the perfect base for such an utterly romantic look. The key here is to ensure your floral headpiece connects with your veil, so the look is cohesive. Also, when choosing your botanicals, go for smaller, more delicate options—they're being paired with materials such as lace and chiffon, after all.
The Carefree Pony Tail
Completely unadorned and purposefully a bit undone, this bride's pony is understated but still so chic—which just goes to show, less can be more.
You need not show off a hair tie if it isn't part of your bridal look. After your pony is set, take a piece of hair from the bottom and work it around the tie, securing the last bit of remaining hair with a pin underneath the elastic.
Design Your Own Updo
Lengthy tresses are a stylist's playground, especially when it comes to designing a one-of-a-kind wedding updo. So why not have some fun? Gather your inspiration, and after a bit of trial and error with your stylist, you might just end up with your dream variation of an updo that's all your own. Twists, curls, braids, more formal, more undone... the options are all yours.